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. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as an opportunity. to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations to reinstate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> in an unstable and uncertain middle east, the need for our alliance is greater than ever. it's the key to thwarting dangers to advancing peace. it's the key to achieve a stable and secure peace that the presi
is believed to be what pushed israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to apologize to turkish prims recep tayyip erdogan about the raid. supporters at the israeli expandoes killed nine turks aboard an aid ship carrying activists trying to end the blockade against the -- against the gaza strip. >> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order. >> the entire focus of the president's trip was to strengthen his often tense relationship with the israeli leadership, but it had the opposite effect on the palestinians. many protested against his stop in ramallah, where the u.s. president continued to back away from his initial call for an end to the israeli settlements. >> his weak position at this point means that he's practically destroying the solution he is calling for. >> but the president did for the first time talk about what life is like for the palestinians under occupation. he did this not in ham -- ramallah but in a speach to israeli students. >> it's not right to prevent palestinians from farming their lands or restr
to forehead with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. for several minutes the two leaders, allegedly this frosty relationship, joking, laughing, talking, covering their mouths to make sure those with cameras couldn't figure out what they were saying. this the latest in several scenes where both of the leaders, maybe they're acting but they are very good actors if they are. they have made a clear decision to try to get along better as they move on to the long list of challenges. as the trip wraps up in the morning if there is a risk for the president it's this. he came in with low expectations and may have raised expectations and hopes too high. you've covered this issue for many years. the president talking to young israelis today demanding they challenge their leadership and old ways of blocking obstacles to the peace process the president saying he thinks it is possible, promising he'll make a personal commitment to get the parties back to the table. if you look at the obstacles whether rockets from hamas, continued building in israeli settlements, hard to see a peace process any t
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the trip, president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu worked to e project a unified front on issues like syria, like the israeli/palestinian peace agreement as well. mr. obama's first journey to israel as president, first foreign trip in his second term started with a warm greeting wednesday. meanwhile, in ramallah thursday, the president criticized israeli settlement activity on the west bank and then a news conference with palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, president obama urged the palestinians to renew the peace talks n a televised address the president did his best to appeal to youngsomes to change the ways of the past and work toward creating an independent and viable palestine. i want to bring in nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv from ramallah on the west bank. diane know bhutto, negotiator for the palestinian lib rainian organization. mark reg give, chief spokesman for prime minister benjamin netanyahu and in washington, ambassador dennis ross, former middle east envoy for president obama. good to see all of you. thanks so much for being here with us. mark, i wa
smiles, so much hand holding practically between president obama and benjamin netanyahu. as we are waiting this press conference between president obama and president mahmoud abbas, what are you looking for in terms of how they relate to each other? >> reporter: a couple of key questions. does the president of the united states lay out any timetable for his effort to resume peace process? i expect the answer to that is no. he will say there's more foundation building. what does president abbas say about his willingness to come back to the table? right now he says he will only come back if israel meets certain conditions, chief among them, stop iping settlement construction in the west bank. construction is under way. and that construction has accelerated because president netanyahu was made at the united nations for recognizing, essentially, a palestinian state. that is a poke in the eye of the palestinians. it's also a poke in the eye, by the way, at the president of the united states, who has urged president netanyahu not to do that. it was very interesting yesterday. the pre
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, the president's meeting with israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu focused on another threat to israel in the region. it runs nuclear ambitions. >> we agree that a nuclear armed iran would be a threat to the region, a threat to the world, and potentially an threat to israel. all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> richard, help somebody out at home who is watching this. the president of the united states goes into hamas and allies decide to fire missiles into israel which they do all the time. can you explain why they would act and continue to act in a way that is against their best interests? >> for groups like hamas, you know, their title represents what they are. they are the islamic resistant movement. this for he them is station identification. this is the way that they essentially say we have a better path for dealing with the israelis. >> no peace? no peace? >> well, peace -- not a negotiated peace. certainly not a peace on the terms of being discussed by israel or the united states. >> not a peace tha
and yesterday meeting with israeli prime minister prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he will meet with abbas later on today. here is a bit of his conference from yesterday. >> we also discussed the way forward to a two-state solution between israelis and palestinians. i very much welcomed his words before i spoke. i will be meeting with president abbas tomorrow and i will have more to say on this topic in the speech that i deliver to the israeli people tomorrow. >> at merchandise strain sayi - administration is appealing to both sides to make negotiations. we will keep an eye on both sides today. >> heather and heather in washington. check in with you later this morning. >> top five stories making news at this hour. developing overnight more threats and acts of defiance from north korea. the country is threatening to attack u.s. military bases in japan and qualm. this happening on the same day kim jong-un over saw life military drills. they held their annual military drills. a manhunt underway in texas this morning. this 17-year-old shot and injured two police officers and then took off. the
to touch the public opinion. and then the leaders especially been minimum n benjamin netanyahu will follow. this man walked back from lots of principles just to get the soldier back. netanyahu was very, very attuned to the public opinion. so i think they understood they have to grasp the young generation, the people of israel. i think president obama did that from the very first moment he stepped down in israel. you know he was off that plane, he took off his jacket, he was informal. he hugged every kid he saw on the way. he first he took netanyahu, he talked about you know his wife, his late brother. his kids. and today he took the israeli public. but you know, i'm not sure because i was listening to that speech and i was asking myself, was it the caring parent giving a pep talk to his adolescent child saying -- >> was it too paternalistic? >> no, in that sense, saying we'll always have your back, but you have to take your future in your hands. we're not going to be there to do that for you. this is your last wake-up call. or will there be steps to follow? this i'm not sure, because i mea
benjamin netanyahu. along with hundreds of guests and vips. before he left the airport, president obama was shown an area displaying israeli air defenses including the so-called iron dome. then the motorcade saided to jerusalem where the pred will have a little down time before meetings today. our own chuck todd is in jerusalem. he joins me now. chuck, looks like to be a rather pleasant day at least weather-wise. what is going on in the holy land? >> well, mr. russert, it is unbelievable weather here greeting the president. pretty much a perfect spring day, if you will here in the holy land. what was interesting is the first thing the president said as he got off and there were microphones everywhere, i don't think he knew he was on, he said it's good to be away from congress. also that chitchat as making his way through shaking hands with various dignitaries, he and netanyahu were heard joking about difficulties in the budget process that both leaders are having in each of their countries. but, look, this event, you set it up well. this trip is heavy on symbolism, going to be somewhat
and talk. now yesterday at the press conference with benjamin netanyahu, the issue of the middle east peace process and the president's strug elgles ins first term to get it launched as he wanted to do in that first year of his presidency, he discussed that and he admitted that he's learned from some mistakes. >> i am absolutely sure that there are a host of things that i could have done that would have been more deft and would have created better optics. but ultimately this is a really hard problem. >> reporter: now, they also discussed, netanyahu and obama, the issue of iran and syria. yesterday the theme of the day was red line. so on iran, the big news is that prime minister netanyahu and president obama agree that iran is at least a year away. netanyahu agrees with the u.s. intelligence timeline on that issue. but it sounds like netanyahu got what he wanted to hear out of the president, which is making sure nothing was being taken off the table. take a listen. >> i think that there's a misunderstanding about time. if iran decides to go for a nuclear weapon, that is to actually manufact
but it is with the people on the ground there. with benjamin netanyahu and the people of the palestinians. and they've not known in their reactions with each other any ability to proceed. the president didn't go there with a new plan. all he is saying is get back to the table. it is not a very strong message. a realistic message given the situation. >> as we reported off the top, the reaction to president obama's visit has been a mostly positive one there. this is what the "jerusalem post" had to say this morning. living in a neighborhood, and even in a world in which there are those who have not exactly accepted our right to legitimacy to be here, having the most powerful man in the world come and give us a public bear hug is very important. one cannot help but ask, how much frustration, aggravation and anger. what had been prevented in both israel and the united states had obama made this trip and adopted this approach at the beginning of his presidency. why could you think do have we think he did not reach out this way sooner? >> he is there. he did go there. he went before he was president. thi
. the president has already discussed that with benjamin t netanyahu. it could even come up with the palestinian leader today. >> reporter: i'm sitting in jerusalem. so -- and ramallah is eight miles from here in jerusalem. when people talk about the possibility of chemical weapons being used in syria, it's not just about the regime versus the opposition, it's not just about the west. whether regime, jihadist groups have grabbed them, one of the big concerns -- you heard the president and prime minister talk about this yesterday. does syria's arsenal and weapons get in the hands of not just the opposition but hezbollah, hamas, other jihadist groups in this region? the word security takes on many different shapes, many different wrinkles. when you're meeting with the palestinian president it's normally about negotiations and security cooperations with israel. because of everything going on in this part of the world, it's a lot more complicated. and syria, including worries about the use of chemical weapons, you bet that would be a fkter as well. >> we're looking at live pictures of president obam
/palestinian conflict that prime minister benjamin netanyahu is redrawing the map. settlement expansion in 2012 was almost five times the rate of 2010. netanyahu's first full year in office. critics call it proof the prime minister wants to make it impossible to map out a contiguous palestinian state. president obama won't go that far but says any construction is an obstacle to peace talks. eve harrow says it is the president who is blocking progress. >> he has made the palestinian authority more intransigent. they can't say we'll talk to the israelis while they're building settlements if the american president has said it's a problem. >>he left los angeles to join the movement 25 years ago. like many here israelis and palestinians she worries tensions are rising. >> we feel it here on the roads here, definitely. that there is an upswing in the violence. but i don't think that the settlements are the reason for the tension. >> the palestinians and the visiting american president disagree but this new school is proof the israeli government at least for now isn't listening. no mention again from
to the president's trip to the middle east for a moment. the president and benjamin netanyahu, as we know, don't always agree. >> but during their news conference on wednesday, both men felt that one persistent reporter happens to be our own chuck todd, pushing his luck after he asked not one, not two, not three, but four questions. take a look. >> mr. president, i want to follow up a little bit on the peace process. mr. prime minister, i want to help out my colleague and then another question i had for you. >> chuck, how many have you got? you see how the young lady from channel one, she had one question? she was very well behaved chuck. >> i have one for you. >> these are muted questions. >> passover starts in a couple days. i get four questions, right. >> this is not a kosher question, but don't hog it. >> chuck, you're incowerageable. >> sum up the news that just emerged from the event. >> chuck todd included dietary law, passover in his question is news and significant and something they'll be talking about in jerusalem. >> well, chuck, we didn't have your best line there, when the presid
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